Kobe Bryant today paid his respects to Maya Angelou after news broke that the celebrated author and poet had passed away today aged 86.
The Los Angeles Lakers legend took to his official Instagram account to put on record his sadness at the news:
"Deeply saddened by the passing of Maya Angelou. May her soul rest in peace, and her words live forever in our hearts." wrote the 35-year-old.
Angelou, a prolific writer and civil-rights activist who found fame with her 1969 memoir 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings', passed away at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina early Wednesday morning.
News of her death saw a host of familiar names join Kobe in adding their words of condolence, with the likes of J.K. Rowling and esteemed civil-rights leader Jesse Jackson quick to comment.
In an exceptional career Angelou saw success in a wide range of genres, with Tony nominations, directorial credits and book awards amongst her achievements.